7 Best Solutions for Visibility while Driving in Rain
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be more active than usual. Hopefully, no region experiences any extreme damage during this time, which typically runs from June 1 through November 30. Undoubtedly, though, you will experience heavy downpours from the tropical storms that arrive.
To help you navigate stormy weather and improve your driving, we offer the following.
7 Tips to Improve Driving in a Storm
- Avoid distractions. Before you even get behind the wheel, make a conscious decision to focus only on your drive and destination. Don’t mess with the radio dial, or your phone, or anything else in the car.
- Make sure your headlights are on. Don’t rely on your automatic headlights turning on in heavy rain. Sometimes light sensors will detect light that is needed in low-visibility situations. Use the standard button that turns lights on to be certain your headlights are working and will remain.
- Drive more slowly than you typically would, even on the streets that are familiar to you. Reducing your speed will help you avoid hydroplaning on the road’s wet surface.
- Keep a safe distance behind other cars and watch for those whose headlights are not on. Try to anticipate their breaking and focus on their brake lights.
- If you need to brake, do it slowly. It avoids fishtailing and gives those following behind you plenty of notice that they should slow down as well.
- Anytime you feel uncertain about your safety, pull off the road completely and wait for the weather to improve.
- Before any trip, apply a hydrophobic spray like NeverWet Windshield for a long-lasting barrier against moisture. NeverWet Rain Repellent provides superior longevity versus competition (2X longer) in wiper blade abrasion testing. NeverWet hydrophobic products are sold globally; here’s where to find them: https://www.neverwet.com/where-to-buy/index.php
Rain Repellent Pros
Through Rust-Oleum, NeverWet branded products are available in a trigger spray bottle and are easy to use. You’ll also find NeverWet’s water-beading technology in the WipeNew brand as RainBrella. Check out this news footage showing how effective RainBrella at repelling rain and keep grime off.
How Do I Apply the Windshield Protectant?
NeverWet hydrophobic water repellent is a clear coating, long-lasting barrier against moisture. It’s best to apply it in outside temperatures of 50-90 degrees F.
A single coating will last 2-8 months, through direct sunlight and outdoor conditions, before a top-coat re-coating is needed.
- Step1: Use a glass cleaner to remove any dirt or debris from your windshield. Let it dry completely.
- Step 2: Spray neverwet on towel and buff it into your window. Let it sit 5-10 minutes.
- Step 3: Wipe off completely
- Step 4: Repeat
- Step 5: Look for any haze and remove any leftover product
(Don’t use it on your headlights or other plastic, though. It’s made for use on glass only.)
Check out a comparison between a treated and an untreated windshield in this video:
Using a dual treatment of NeverWet Glass Cleaner with NeverWet Rain Repellent will increase the effectiveness of your windshield wipers during a torrential downpour. The hydrophobic treatment withstands UV and windshield wiper abrasion. Better yet, it helps keep mud and dirt off the window for improved visibility.
Here’s a fun video showing how well NeverWet Rain Repellent successfully keeps smashed pickle, olives, cherries, and more off a glass surface.
Granted, even torrential storms won’t be throwing that kind of debris at your car’s windshield. But glass that can stay clear after food is thrown at it is more than just water resistant. It’s safer for driving.